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Pocket is a popular service included with the Firefox browser and Premium e-readers such as the Aura Kobo One. Pocket allows users to save articles to read later or archive them for saving. Asides from the convenience of saving articles for future use it also formats the text and images beautifully. Stubborn advertisements typically get left behind as well. Having easy access to narrated Pocket articles is a convenience auditorily and visually. See More
You can use it on any internet-enabled device. The desktop macOS and Windows versions uses your default browser and Java to drive a web app. On Linux you'll have to use the website or run a virtual machine. On macOS and Windows, the "desktop app" is more than just a shortcut to the website - everything required to run the app is stored locally and persists after deleting browser cookies & offline data. See More
You can speed up or slow down the voice, and pause play the voice reading, save audio using shortcuts, but that's about it. Seems like the app is more GUI driven which is absurd since accessibility is a big attraction for people seeking software like this in the first place. See More
Images in documents or ebooks will not appear in this application. This means some types of image or figure/diagram heavy books or complex formatting will not be a good fit for reading with this application. It may require extensive text cleanup and massaging to get narration that makes sense depending on your imported source file. See More
A user has to stop narration to use the mouse to jump/seek to a different line, word, or paragraph by clicking then activate command Speak From Cursor Aloud by menu or by shortcut. Only the menu buttons respond to the mouse when narration is running. Most options are grayed out until narration is stopped. See More
Considering that the toolbars and application are very customizable in the toolbars, it was a big letdown to see how few options there are for hotkeys. Specifically, the navigation options should be hotkeyable as they do not have shortcuts by default. This means an over reliance on the menu and vision to use the application. This seems to fly in the face of accessibility for blind users or power users in general. See More
Neospeech voices are some of the most humanlike voices you'll hear among TTS voices. Their US English voices specifically include popular TTS voices Julie, Paul, and James are all distinct and pleasant to listen to. They sound even more natural when you adjust their speed and break of their text-speech input. See More
My experience using Neospeech's VT editor was fairly positive. Their software is simple to understand and easy to use for a non-computer expert like myself. The US English voices Julie and Paul are very high quality TTS voices and they sound the most natural to me. I like how you can change the speed, pitch, break, and volume of the voices by using simple VTML in the editor. Overall, this software I would give a 9/10 just for its simplicity and quality of the voices. See More
The pricing of their software licensing is limited. You usually license their software on an annual basis or on an On-Demand basis with credits. The On-Demand option is great if you only need a specific amount of words to be synthesized into text-to-speech. See More
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